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“Cinema, both fiction and non-fiction, has shown over and over that as human beings, we share values beyond any border, real or imagined.” -Robert Redford

Sundance Film Forward uses film and conversations with filmmakers to excite and introduce a new generation to the power of story, while fostering a global community.  Film Forward is a touring program designed to enhance greater cultural understanding, collaboration and dialogue around the globe by engaging audiences through the exhibition of films and conversations with filmmakers. Film Forward aims to connect cultures and people by exploring the impact that stories can have on individuals, issues and societies. A total of eight independent films (narrative and documentaries) and filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad are selected by Sundance Institute and the federal partners each year to participate in this program, traveling to domestic and international locations. Filmmakers participate in screenings, extended Q&As, and workshops at universities, film and cultural centers, museums, libraries and other community, educational, and cultural venues, cultivating engaged dialogue, encouraging appreciation of other viewpoints, and developing new audiences for independent film.

Sundance Film Forward is an initiative of Sundance Institute and the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Arts.